We see a lot of bridal boudoirs, each often lovelier than the last. But then one comes along that gives us a little peek into the bride’s personality and we’re quick to want to feature it on Boudoir Collective. Although this one is a styled boudoir, it offers a look into how to create a session that showcases the personality of the bride in a unique but understated way. Katie of La Rousse Weddings shared her inspiration, how she put the look together and her favorite moment from the shoot...
In collaborating with Jenny of Blushing Beauty on this shoot, we wanted something sexy, beautiful, honest and a bit moody. The Old Yaht Club in Santa Barbara has a historic charm and several different rooms that we were able to shoot in. For the bridal outfit, Jenny created loose bedhead waves with a fishtail braid and natural makeup. Cathedral veils always add such an airy, romantic feel to bridal boudoir.
The second look, a dark lip paired with black Dita Von Teese lingerie, was shot in a room with a vintage floral print armchair and sheer gold curtains. It's a great idea to do two different looks during a bridal boudoir shoot. Just because it's for a bride, it doesn't necessarily mean the entire color scheme must be based around white, cream, and peach. Don't be afraid to mix in some deeper hues!
I always aim for a natural, organic approach. No flash or studio backdrops, and having the woman in a space she feels comfortable, like her bedroom or a boutique hotel. I enjoy focusing on the details such as hands, eyelashes, the lace on the edge of her robe, or even a vase of flowers on the nightstand.
My favorite moment from the shoot was when Natasha had on the cathedral veil in the white lingerie. Playing with textures and layering is the best. The feeling was quite airy and romantic. It's impossible not to feel feminine and beautiful when there's yards of tulle involved.
We hope this moody take on the bridal boudoir inspires a new trend toward more experimental bridal sessions. Not every bride wants a traditional white dress and every bride’s unique look should be celebrated both at the wedding at during her boudoir session. Thank you to Katie for sharing this boudoir with Boudoir Collective!